Excerpt: First, there is no Windows product key sticker, here or anywhere else on the laptop or its accessories. This is actually going to be common on Windows 8 devices; most of them are going to be configured with a restore partition that already knows the product key and can restore the internal drives to factory condition. If your system drive goes belly up, there will be no restoring from a recovery disk.
Summary: If you want to buy a "budget" gaming laptop, the Asus G75VW-AS71 offers plenty of horsepower and features in its heavy 17-inch body. Just don't expect anything svelte -- or good battery life.
Cons: This laptop's still not cheap; it may not be $2,000, but it's far more expensive than the average laptop. And, let's face it: this machine's still a boat. Also, in performance it lags behind more powerful gaming laptops like the Origin EON17-S.
Summary: Ready for the Finale. Asus is one of the first manufacturers presenting a gaming laptop with Ivy Bridge processor and GeForce 600 graphics card. After scrutinizing an amply equipped pre series model with Nvidia's 3D vision technology, a series model with standard FullHD display has to prove itself.
Pros: Matte FullHD display with good values, Rather quiet for a gaming laptop, Excellent connectivity, Insensitive surfaces, Fast Solid State Drive, Moderate temperatures, Handy touchpad, Keyboard light, Excellent performance, Blu ray drive, No Throttling, The G75 has no big weaknesses.
Cons: Big and heavy case, No Optimus, a graphics switch for longer battery life
Conclusion: Other than the confusion with using the Webcam, and the laptop's weight being about a pound heavier than other bulky 17-inch laptops, we have no complaints about the Asus G75VW. It serves up a strong mix of the latest components for a great price, and it runs quietly. It’s true that the slightly pricier MSI GT70 gives you a bit more oomph plus a rainbow of colors with its unique keyboard backlighting, but it also creates quite a racket during operation.
Pros: Aggressively priced for the components inside, Cutting-edge parts selection, Impressive performance, Quiet operation
Cons: Hefty, even for a 17-inch laptop, Webcam software setup is confusing
Summary: The Asus G75VW is a budget-priced gaming laptop, and in this case you kind of get what you pay for. Don't get me wrong: The G75VW can play most games at an acceptable level, and it's a fairly attractive machine to boot. Plus, it has a great screen with excellent viewing angles.
That said, it's lacking in general performance, and it's nothing like some of the higher-end gaming laptops we've seen, such as the Origin EON17-S.
Asus G75VW – 17-inch Ivy Bridge gaming laptop with NVIDIA GeForce graphics and Thunderbolt
17 May 2012
Conclusion: Asus G75VW isn’t the best 17-inch Ivy Bridge gaming laptop but it has satisfying specs and above average performance – all for the price of $1,499. That’s a relatively cheap price to pay for a gaming laptop. On top of that, it has longer battery life than most laptops. If you love gaming but unwilling to splurge more than $3,000 on a laptop, Asus G75 makes a good choice. It sells for half the price without much sacrifice on hardware.
Summary: The ASUS G75V is priced at a hefty Rs. 139,999, which is a lot of money for a notebook. While there’s no doubting its performance, this is not something we could easily recommend to everyone. It’s a very heavy laptop, so it’s not something you could carry to work or college everyday. At the same time, the price of the G75V is enough for you to be able to put together a very impressive gaming rig, one that could effortlessly beat the G75V’s performance.
Summary: ASUS touts the $1,799 G75VW as the ultimate fighting machine, and while that declaration may be more hyperbole than fact, the notebook is no slouch when it comes to gaming. The G75VW delivers where it really counts -- playing the latest games at silky smooth frame rates -- and it looks great doing it. Considering that a similarly configured Alienware M17x costs about $200 more, the G75VW is a good choice for anyone looking to buy a 17-inch gaming notebook.
Pros: Attractive design, Comfortable keyboard and touchpad, Blazing-fast graphics performance, Thunderbolt port
Cons: Overall performance falls behind top competition, Lid picks up fingerprints easily, Below-average battery life, Slow hard drives
Excerpt: Intel has decided to lead its introduction of Ivy Bridge for mobile with its most powerful quad-core parts. Many of these processors will end up in mainstream laptop, but they’re also great for gaming laptops. In our first look at Ivy Bridge we saw that it holds up well when paired with its own Intel HD 4000 graphics – if you keep the resolution around 1366x768. A bit more than that and the IGP just can’t hang.